Early adopters like 4G service

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Biztimes.com highlights Verizon’s 4G LTE network in the Milwaukee and Madison areas.

Robert Deglau started using the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE, or fourth-generation, long-term evolution network, as soon as it was introduced in the Milwaukee area last month.

Deglau, the information technology manager at General Automotive Manufacturing LLC in Franklin, installed the components for the new technology at the company of 400 employees. Between 10 and 12 employees of the company now share two 4G LTE modems for remote access to the company’s server.

The modems enable employees to access the Internet while out of the office. They can downlink at speeds about 10 times faster than on Verizon’s 3G network, said Verizon Wireless spokeswoman Arianne Venuso.

The Milwaukee and Madison metropolitan areas, including 33 other southeastern Wisconsin cities and villages, were recently upgraded to Verizon’s 4G network. The Basking Ridge, N.J.-based wireless service provider first launched the faster connectivity in 39 other cities on Dec. 5, 2010, and now has a total of 74 metro areas upgraded to 4G.

“That was just the beginning,” Venuso said. “Verizon Wireless will continue to fine-tune, expand and enhance the network and update 4G LTE devices over-the-air – just as we’ve done with our 3G network.”

Verizon plans to cover its entire 3G service area with 4G by the end of 2013, she said.

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